Frequently asked questions

Are cultured pearls considered “real” pearls?

Yes, cultured pearls are real actual pearls, but they are formed through human intervention, specifically the implantation of a nucleus into the mollusc to spur pearl growth. Fake or imitation “pearls” would refer to beads or objects that are made to look like pearls but are in fact a different material altogether, typically plastic, shell or some type of composite.